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Title: Global English and Arabic
Subtitle: Issues of Language, Culture, and Identity
Edited By: Ahmad Al-Issa
Laila S. Dahan
Series Title: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics - Vol. 31

This volume contains selected chapters from researchers and scholars
concerning global English in the Arab world. It brings a new perspective to
the phenomenon of global English as today's lingua franca by focusing on an
area of the world that is troubled by the spread of English. The book goes
to the heart of a linguistic dilemma: the impact of global English on the
Arabic language, Arab culture, and identity. New empirical evidence and
insights into this problem are presented by a variety of researchers. The
majority raise concerns about the long-term viability of Modern Standard
Arabic in the face of global English. In light of the ever-expanding growth
of global English, this book gives voice to the worries of people in the
Arab world about maintaining their language, culture, and identity.

Contents: Ahmad Al-Issa/Laila S. Dahan: Global English and Endangered
Arabic in the United Arab Emirates - Salah Troudi/Adel Jendli: Emirati
Students' Experiences of English as a Medium of Instruction - Lynne Ronesi:
Who Am I as an Arab English Speaker? Perspectives from Female University
Students in the United Arab Emirates - Fatima Badry: Appropriating English:
Languages in Identity Construction in the United Arab Emirates - Hassan R.
Abdel-Jawad/Adel S. Abu Radwan: The Status of English in Institutions of
Higher Education in Oman: Sultan Qaboos University as a Model - Silvia
Pessoa/Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar: The Impact of English-medium Higher
Education: The Case of Qatar - Fatma Faisal Saad Said: «Ahyaanan I text in
English 'ashaan it's ashal »: Language Crisis or Linguistic Development?
The Case of How Gulf Arabs Perceive the Future of their Language, Culture,
and Identity - Elizabeth S. Buckner: The Growth of English Language
Learning in Morocco: Culture, Class, and Status Competition - Raghda El
Essawi: Arabic in Latin Script in Egypt: Who Uses It and Why? - Anissa
Daoudi: Computer-mediated Communication: The Emergence of e-Arabic in the
Arab World - John Andrew Morrow/Barbara Castleton: The Impact of Global
English on the Arabic Language: The Loss of the Allah Lexicon - Nadine
Sinno: Navigating Linguistic Imperialism, Cultural Hybridity, and Language

Ahmad Al-Issa is an Associate Professor of English and Linguistics in the
Department of English at the American University of Sharjah in the United
Arab Emirates. His areas of research include intercultural communication,
language and culture, global English, pragmatics, classroom research, and
curriculum design. He earned his PhD in Rhetoric and Linguistics from
Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1998. He is currently a visiting
professor at Al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Saudi

Laila S. Dahan is an instructor in the Department of Writing Studies at the
American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Her research
interests include global English, language and identity, cross-cultural
communication, and academic writing. She is currently writing her PhD
dissertation through the University of Exeter, UK, on the topic of language
education and identity construction among Arab university students.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034302937
Pages: 379
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